With all the random posts that go up on this blog, surprisingly not one has ever been a book review.
Well, it’s not actually that surprising considering I hadn’t completed a fiction book in about 5 years. I used to never put books down as a teen. I never fell out of love with reading, I just had less and less time and new priorities. That’s adulthood for ya.
But when I was planning my weekend at 2000 Trees, I decided to take a book. Mainly just so I’d have something to do other than sit on my phone if I ever wanted an hour or two away from the festival madness.
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan was the one I chose to take.
It’s completely different to all the fantasy books I used to adore, and that’s why I picked it up. I’ve grown out of all those love stories. Now I want books that keep me engrossed for a different reason, and Moonrise did just that.
Now as this is my first book review, I’ve got to make sure I don’t spoil it, hah.
The main plot follows the character Joe to Texas, where his brother, Ed, is on death row. Ed was convicted of murdering a policeman after running away from home.
One thing that intrigued me while I was considering buying this book was the way it was written. I always have a little flick through the pages while I’m in a book shop. I’m not sure why, but I do. I noticed the chapters of Moonrise are awfully short. They were almost verses, and that really drew me in.
Probably just because I was easing myself back into reading and a short book seemed like a good way to start. But after actually reading this book, those chapters mean so much more than just me being lazy.
Just enough is said, no more than that. It keeps the story fast paced because you’re always wanting to find out more. And as the book covers such a sensitive topic, this gives it a huge sense of urgency. I was always turning the pages, wanting to know what happens.
There are moments that shock you which also keep you enticed, but those points never take away from the message of Moonrise.
At points it’s quite a tough read, but still so beautiful written.
I’d recommend this book to almost everyone I know as it’s written in a way that I think most could enjoy. If you don’t mind getting hit in the feelings, definitely pick up Moonrise. It’ll really open your eyes to an issue that I think can be overlooked a lot.
I’d love to know what you thought about it if you do decide to pick it up!